Chelsea of England right-wing-back, Victor Moses says he has turned his focus fully on trying to win the Community Shield this weekend, against Manchester City.
However, Moses is no longer assured of a starting shirt, as The Blues’ new boss, Maurizio Sarri wants to experiment ahead of his debut campaign in English football, having been brought in to replace Antonio Conte earlier this summer.
Sarri will almost certainly go with his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation, which brought entertainment and relative success across three years at Napoli, though a number of his star men remain absent given their World Cup exertions.
Sarri used the same formation and players for Chelsea’s first two pre-season outings – a 1-0 win over Perth Glory and 1-1 draw against Inter Milan.
Three changes were then made for the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday evening, with Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta all coming into the side.
Chelsea’s switch back to a four-man defence will surely mean regular football at full-back for the versatile Azpilicueta, while Marcos Alonso is the frontrunner to start on the opposite flank.
The big question that remains to be answered is who will link up alongside Rudiger in the heart of the Blues’ defence, as David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Andreas Christensen – still regaining fitness after Denmark’s World Cup campaign – are all in contention.
Though his side enter the game on the back of a defeat by Arsenal in their last pre-season match, Moses insists he and his teammates have put that setback behind them, while also declaring that he believes they are still in better form than Man City.
Moses, who netted during last year English Community Shield tie, said he wants to make a difference this time out, as his goal back then was not enough to seal victory for the west London side over Arsenal.
Ahead of Sunday’s game at Wembley, Moses went on to declare that he will show his real class when Chelsea file out against City, as he aims to seal a regular spot under The Blues’ new coach, Maurizio Sarri.
Moses recounted how his side won the English FA Cup to qualify for the 2018 Community Shield season-opening clash and reckoned that Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal on Wednesday has toughened them for Sunday’s match.
“Not the result we wanted but good to get more minutes in the bank. We move on to the game on Sunday now. #fitness #CFC,” Moses tweeted.